Atwood's the Handmaids Tale (Maxnotes.)
||chilling, compelling, unforgetable
This book absolutely must be devoured. It is a tale so moving
and compelling you feel driven to complete it. Move over Orwell's
"1984." You become even more engrossed in this story.
The reality of it takes over your own. The eventual outcome
of our heroine is never revealed, although the... Read
||It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid
in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out
once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read,
and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because
she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can...
Blind Assassin [UNABRIDGED]
Margaret Atwood takes the art of storytelling to new heights
in a dazzling new novel that unfolds layer by astonishing layer
and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist.
For the past twenty-five years, Margaret Atwood has written
works of striking originality... Read
||Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial
painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a
retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past,
she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into
the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship,
longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own
identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman--but
above all she must seek release from her haunting memories....
Books by Margaret Atwood
from THE NEW YORK TIMES - February 9, 1986
reviewed by Mary McCarthy
SURELY the essential element of a cautionary tale is recognition.
Surprised recognition, even, enough to administer a shock. We are
warned, by seeing our present selves in a distorting mirror, of
what we may be turning into if current trends are allowed to continue.
That was the effect of ''Nineteen Eighty-Four,'' with its scary
dating, not 40 years ahead, maybe also of ''Brave New World'' and,
to some extent, of ''A Clockwork Orange.''
It is an effect, for me, almost strikingly missing from Margaret
Atwood's very readable book ''The Handmaid's Tale,'' offered
by the publisher as a ''forecast'' of what we may have in store
for us in the quite near future. A standoff will have been achieved
vis-a-vis the Russians, and our own country will be ruled by right-wingers
and religious fundamentalists, with males restored to the traditional
role of warriors and us females to our ''place'' - which, however,
will have undergone subdivision into separate sectors, of wives,
breeders, servants and so forth, each clothed in the appropriate
uniform. A fresh postfeminist approach to future shock, you might
say. Yet the book just does not tell me what there is in our present
mores that I ought to watch out for unless I want the United States
of America to become a slave state something like the Republic of
Gilead whose outlines are here sketched out... [more]
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